Eating a salad, opting to cook at home or taking a pass on the donuts in the conference room; for the most part, no one has trouble doing these things occasionally. It’s consistently keeping them a part of our regular eating habits that poses the biggest challenge.
Of course, building new habits that will actually last isn’t an easy thing to do. It takes time, patience, focus and a strategic approach.
What exactly does that strategic approach involve? The following 10 tips from Alexandra Miller, R.D.N., L.D.N, corporate dietitian at Medifast, Inc. explain how to slowly revamp your eating habits and develop new, healthier behaviors that will stick with you in the long run.
Keep a food and exercise journal.
Keeping a simple log of your diet and exercise habits will help you keep yourself accountable and can also help you pinpoint any weak spots you might have in each. “Research suggests that people who keep track of their food intake and exercise tend to have better success with managing their weight,” Miller said.
A recent study from researchers at Cornell found that when it comes to making eating healthy easy, one of the most effective approaches involves stocking up on healthy foods so you’ll perceive them as convenient, attractive and an obvious choice. “Out of sight, out of mind — don't keep foods that will undoubtedly tempt you in the house,” Miller said. “Instead, stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, Greek yogurt, pre-portioned bags of nuts and other healthy foods.”